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N.J. man had assault rifle, guns and 79 marijuana plants

KINNELON BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – A 45-year-old Kinnelon man is facing numerous drug and weapon charges stemming from an investigation into the alleged distribution of narcotics, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Butler Police Chief Ciro Chimento and Kinnelon Police Chief John Schwartz.

This joint investigation was conducted by the Butler Police Department and the Kinnelon Police Department, with assistance from Morris County Sheriff’s SERT and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation culminated on Sunday, which led to the seizure of one fully automatic machine gun, one assault rifle, 79 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, approximately ten pounds of marijuana, mushrooms, two shotguns, four rifles, one loaded handgun, high capacity magazines, silencers, throwing stars, metal knuckles, drug distribution related paraphernalia, the profits of suspected criminal activity in excess of $6,700 United States currency, and a 2006 Jeep.

Richard J. Spielman was charged with one count of first-degree knowingly maintaining or operating a premise, place, or facility used for the manufacture of marijuana, one count of first-degree possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of second-degree possession of a machine gun without being licensed, one count of second-degree possession of an assault firearm without being licensed, nine counts of second-degree possession of firearm while in the course of maintaining or operating a premise used to manufacture marijuana, one count of second-degree possession of more than 5lbs. of marijuana, 0ne count of third-degree possession with intent to distribute psilocybin, one count of third-degree possession of psilocybin, one count of fourth-degree possession of marijuana, one count of fourth-degree possession of two firearm silencers, one count of fourth-degree possession of metal knuckles, knives, throwing stars without any explainable lawful purpose, one count of fourth-degree possession of multiple high capacity magazines, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Spielman was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a first appearance and a pre-trial detention hearing.

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